Okay I have to come clean on something. I’m starting to get a complex that every day I need to have something profound to write about on my blog. However, I’m finding that it’s not always that easy. And I have enough self imposed guilt trips that I am not going to feel guilty about this too.
So, some days I will just list a few things that I am grateful for while ideas for more profound posts percolate in my head (I promise some good ones are forming up there).
– I am grateful today that my family is safe and healthy – I have heard lots of stories this week in our community of those not as fortunate and they are in my thoughts.
-Also thankful that I have a career that is flexible with nice clients (although I really need to quit procrastinating on my work projects – this blog is way too good of a procrastination tool.)
-And grateful for my dear husband, who puts up with all my bad habits and neuroses, making him the most patient and kind human being on the planet. For real.
***Can you think of one or two things that you are grateful for right now? Think about writing just one to three things down each night before you go to sleep on a notepad you keep under your bed. Nothing fancy required. Keep a pen by your clock to remind you.
Studies show that those who practice daily gratitude feel better about their lives overall, are more optimistic about the future, and report fewer health problems. Studies have also shown that those using daily gratitude get more sleep. With less time spent awake before falling asleep, they end up feeling more refreshed in the morning — and who couldn’t use that? Other studies show that gratitude can even have a protective effect against heart attacks.
And… it’s cheaper than therapy by a long shot. Try it tonight. You will thank me later, I promise.